New Year’s Book Resolutions - past and present

Happy 2019, everyone!

Do you ever feel the pressure of setting New Year’s Resolutions? And – more specifically – reading resolutions? I often do and last year I thought it would be a great idea to post them on my blog. You know, to add a touch of accountability.

If you’re curious, you can click here to find out what I was aiming to achieve in 2018. There is also a pretty picture of some of the books eagerly waiting their turn on my physical TBR pile.

Now, let’s fast-forward to 2019 and observe a moment of silence for the 10 ½ out of 12 bookish resolutions that didn’t make it.

2018 was a great reading year – and there will be more on this in a separate post – but it didn’t exactly go as planned. I did reach my reading goal of 52 books and I am pleased to report that I even surpassed it, having read 76 books by the end of the year. I also listened to more audiobooks, which I’m getting more and more drawn to. Everything else, however, fell by the wayside.

My 2018 in books

So this year I am limiting myself to setting a reading target. I thought I would set it at 76, having seen that it is doable, but I am expecting 2019 to be more demanding both on a personal and professional level so I have decided to listen to the advice of a wise friend and avoid setting myself up for failure. I am therefore going for a target of 60 books, which will hopefully comprise a mixture of new books, books already in my possession, foreign-language books, graphic novels and audiobooks.

No pressure, just the joy of reading!

What about you? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below or on Twitter. And if you have one, feel free to add a link to your 2019 resolutions blog post, whether it’s about books or life in general. And may the wind be at our back!


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